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About Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a form of martial art, and is the national sport of South Korea. Its meaning loosely translated from Korean is 'the art of kicking and punching' or 'the art of the foot and the fist'. 

It differs from other martial arts such as judo and karate, as the emphasis is on the use of the leg as the longest and strongest weapon available to a martial artist, and therefore the most useful in producing powerful strikes to prevent retaliation.

Taekwondo is a form of martial art, and is the national sport of South Korea. Its meaning loosely translated from Korean is 'the art of kicking and punching' or 'the art of the foot and the fist'. 

It differs from other martial arts such as judo and karate, as the emphasis is on the use of the leg as the longest and strongest weapon available to a martial artist, and therefore the most useful in producing powerful strikes to prevent retaliation.

Principally, Taekwondo combines a mixture of defence and offence techniques, exercise and often philosophy and meditation. The sport of Taekwondo generally involves training in blocking practices, kicks, punching, throws, strikes and body locks.

Taekwondo training develops not only physical strength, but also speed, agility, flexibility and stamina, as well as increased concentration and mental discipline.

The British Taekwondo Council provides much more information on the sport through their website,www.britishtaekwondocouncil.org

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